About EGRU

The Economic Geology Research Centre (EGRU) connects researchers, students, industry, and government organisations, and builds productive working relationships by

  • promoting collaborative research
  • providing applied research services
  • delivering professional development training

EGRU is a service and information centre for the resources industry, with a long and distinguished history in providing high quality and industry-oriented research and training.

For more than 35 years EGRU has liaised with industry to develop collaborative research projects, professional development training, and information resources for the exploration and mining industries. During that time EGRU has nurtured productive working relationships and built strong connections with industry and governments in Queensland, in Australia, and internationally.

EGRU is located within the JCU College of Science and Engineering. The Centre is managed by a Director and overseen by an Advisory Board that consists of representatives from its member organisations and from JCU academic staff.  Management and administration is largely funded through membership subscriptions.

EGRU's services and information resources include:

The Information Network

This is a dynamic network which aims to connect academia, industry and government and facilitate the dissemination of new data and ideas.  Information resources include:

  • The EGRU Newsletter (published twice a year)
  • EGRU symposia and conferences
  • Seminars by visiting researchers and industry geologists
  • Seminars by EGRU research staff and students
  • EGRU Publications
  • Reference Searches (on request)
  • The Earth Science Honours, Masters and Doctoral Thesis Collection

Research Services

  • Microscopes: petrological microscopes, photo-microscope.
  • Geochemical and isotope analytical services (AGIS brochure)

Professional Development Training, Conferences, Workshops

  • Training courses in core and applied skills for professional geoscientists
  • Regular international conferences
  • Workshops and field trips in the Cloncurry - Mount Isa region
  • Other training on request

Postgraduate Research

  • Honours in Earth and Environmental Science Degree
  • Doctorates and Masters by Research Degrees

Collaborative and Contract Research

The quality of EGRU research is internationally recognised and the Centre benefits from the skills of a team of committed and talented researchers. Much of the research is carried out in collaboration with industry, and this collaboration fosters the rapid and effective application of the latest research to the exploration and development of mineral resources.

EGRU also offers contract research services and skills in areas such as petrography, geochemistry, and structural analysis.

Membership of EGRU provides opportunities for industry professionals to interact with a dynamic team of researchers working on mineralisation projects in world-class terranes across several continents.

Additional member benefits include substantially discounted fees for EGRU professional development short courses, workshops, field trips and conferences.

Member organisations are welcome to network with EGRU staff and students to explore the opportunities for collaborative research and focused training, and to become engaged with geoscience researchers involved in developing new data and concepts directed at discovering and understanding mineral deposits.

For organisations working in northern Queensland, EGRU membership provides an opportunity to interact with researchers working in their backyards.  EGRU has active research programs in the north-west Cloncurry – Mount Isa region, and in the north-east Paleozoic intrusive and volcanic terranes.  Research staff and postgraduate students are engaged in research projects aimed at defining the characteristics and settings of base-metal, gold and critical metal mineralisation, unravelling the tectonic and metallogenic history of mineralised terranes, and developing new techniques for exploration and mining.

EGRU also offers workshops and field trips in the Cloncurry - Mount Isa region, which focus on the regional geology and mineralisation.  Recent workshops and field trips, in 2015, 2016 and 2018, brought together industry geologists, researchers, and students with a keen interest in the mineralisation in the region.  The technical sessions, core viewing and field visits gave delegates the opportunity to discuss the current understanding of mineralisation styles, characteristics, settings, and exploration techniques, and to develop concepts for future research.

Overviews of several EGRU research projects in Australia and overseas are included in recent issues of the EGRU newsletter.